user icon

Norris: McLaren has some 'clear problems' to work on

  • Published on 30 Oct 2019 18:27
  • comments 4
  • By: Dieter Rencken & Fergal Walsh

Lando Norris says McLaren has some "clear problems" that it needs to work on for future races.

Norris retired from the Mexican Grand Prix last weekend, in what was a disappointing race for McLaren as Carlos Sainz lacked the pace to score points.

Speaking after the race, Norris confirmed that a cross-threaded wheel nut was behind his botched pit stop, which was the eventual reason for his retirement.

"I’m not sure of the exact problem, it was cross-threaded or something. They thought it was tight, which it was, but cross-threaded," Norris said.

"So I stopped the car in time to get back out, but obviously lost way too much time over a lap.

Norris was forced to start the race on the soft tyre, and switched onto the hard compound when he eventually made his way back into the race. 

"I was alright to be honest," he said of the white-walled compound. "I was a bit on my own so I didn’t have to race anyone, I wasn’t forced into doing anything. My pace was pretty reasonable at the time.

"I don’t know what happened to Carlos, one minute it was fine and the next it just completely went. But his final stint was pretty good. I don’t know really.

"As far as my sints went, the first stint was good, the final stint was also alright, but it didn’t really matter.

"We have as a team, some clear problems that we need to work on. This weekend we’ve had a few significant problems with a few things. Our pace has been good, but the handling of the car and how tricky it has been to drive has been a problem.

"It’s a bit of the reason why the race pace hasn’t been as special as it sometimes is. We have things to work on, so just need to make sure we put it together and make sure we don’t have problems next time."

Replies (4)

Login to reply
  • Mclaren were flawless for most of the season in terms of strategy and pit stops. This, I hope, was just a bad race. Although, Lando has had way too many incidents. They are fortunate that Renault sucked so bad this year, that Haas self-destructed, and the Racing Point started slow and have Lance Stroll as one of their drivers...

    • + 0
    • Oct 30 2019 - 21:46
    • Kean

      Posts: 606

      Yeah, Lance....

      • + 0
      • Oct 31 2019 - 07:23
    • Mmmh not quite flawless! In fact, they've had quite a few issues this year with lose tyres and such.

      • + 0
      • Nov 1 2019 - 18:11
  • Bilstar

    Posts: 1

    They need to stop letting the poor guy down it makes me so sad for him. With his little sad face. Bless him.

    • + 0
    • Oct 31 2019 - 12:55

Related news

BR Grand Prix of Brazil

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    15:00 - 16:30

    Free practice 3

    16:00 - 17:00

    Race

    18:10 - 20:10

  • Free practice 2

    19:00 - 20:30

    Qualifying

    19:00 - 20:00

    Fastest lap

     

BR Grand Prix of Brazil

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    15:00 - 16:30

    Free practice 2

    19:00 - 20:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    16:00 - 17:00

    Qualifying

    19:00 - 20:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    18:10 - 20:10

    Fastest lap

    18:10 - 20:10

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Is Lewis Hamilton the strongest driver so far in the 21st century?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team McLaren
  • Points 41
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 19
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Nov 13 1999 (20)
  • Place of b. Glastonbury, United Kingdom
  • Weight 64 kg
  • Length 1.70 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar